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Flight Information & Entry Requirements

Flight Information

PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE YOUR FLIGHTS UNTIL YOUR PROGRAM HAS REACHED A MINIMUM OF 5 PARTICIPANTS. ONCE YOUR TRIP REACHES ITS MINIMUM, PLEASE INPUT YOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FLIGHTS INTO THIS FORM.


We have very specific arrival and departure times for your program. Please carefully read below and call us with any questions.


For those doing the Galapagos: Family Volunteer Vacation trip (no extension):

  • Fly into and out of Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO)

  • Arrive on anytime on the first day of the trip.

  • Depart on trip end date, after 9:30pm.

  • Discover Corps books your domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands. This flight will leave Quito early in the morning on Day 3 of the trip with about 3 hours of travel time to Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Entrance fees to the islands, transit cards & the flight are all coordinated and paid for by Discover Corps.

For those doing the Amazon Basin Extension:

  • Fly into and out of Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on the first day of the Galapagos: Family Volunteer Vacation trip

  • Depart on the last day of the extension from Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) anytime after 4pm (departures between Mon-Fri) or 5pm (departures Sat-Sun)

  • Discover Corps books your domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands. This flight will leave Quito early in the morning on Day 3 of the trip with about 3 hours of travel time to Seymour Airport (GPS) on Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Entrance fees to the islands, transit cards & the flight are all coordinated and paid for by Discover Corps.

  • Discover Corps books your domestic flight between Quito and Coca (Amazon). This flight leaves in the morning of Day 11 and returns between 12pm-2pm on Day 14.

Book Your Flights

Discover Corps's dedicated flight partner for all of our trips is the team at StudentUniverse (yes, they do flights for more than just students!). Their team know all of the flight windows and details for each of the destinations that we work in. Please always make sure that your trip is guaranteed to run before booking any airfare!

To get a quote from StudentUniverse, please see the details below:

  • Get a Quote by Phone: Call 1-877-898-1244. Agents are available between 9-8 EST M-F.

  • Get a Quote by Email: Email Flights@discovercorps.com with the flight details and a member of the StudentUniverse team will respond shortly with your options

  • Get a quote via our Dedicated Website: Please visit the Discover Corps flight search engine to search for flights online.

  • *Please note that there is a $30 fee per person to book over the phone or via email. Booking via the dedicated website is $7 per person.

Country COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Until further notice, it's Discover Corps' Policy that travelers take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Negative test results must be sent to Discover Corps once generated. Please check the Department of State's site for the most up to date guidelines. When applicable, local policy or Airline Policies supersede what is in place for Discover Corps.

All travelers (including minors) arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID RT-PCR taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country or present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID vaccine. Negative test results must be submitted to Discover Corps before departure.

In order to travel to the Galapagos Islands, a 2nd PCR test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos. Discover Corps will arrange for the test to be conducted on the first day of the program. The cost is $88 per person and is subject to change, please inquire with your Travel Specialist.


Exit Requirements

Effective January 26, 2021, the CDC is implementing that all travelers returning to the U.S., have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 3 days of departing. Discover Corps will arrange for the testing to take place within the required timeframe, the traveler is responsible for the testing fee, $88 per person. Please reference Discover Corps' Risk Management Manual for a comprehensive overview of safety & health guidelines here.